“Players consent to not earn the salary of 4 months, from March until June. In the next few weeks, all procedures will be completed,” the Juventus home page announced. But in Malaysia, the Professional Football Association has made fierce objections.
Not only did the Juventus club faced economic difficulties, due to the delayed tournaments, but revenue from ticket sales, souvenirs, sports goods also were not available, causing serious revenue declines. It seems that the only way to overcome the current difficult period is to reduce the salary fund.
A phone call to juventus
At Juventus, everything was quite simple, after Juventus President Andrea Agnelli had a meeting with the team leadership, everything was quickly arranged. With just a call from the captain Giorgio Chiellini, all team members agreed to reduce their salary. This phone call saved Juve 90 million euros.
Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo is the most disadvantaged. As the player receiving the “biggest” salary of the club, about 31 million euros/year, the Portuguese superstar has just decided to sacrifice 10.32 million euros in salary, equivalent to 267 billion VND to “save” the management team in the extreme crisis because of the global epidemic.
In addition to agreeing to a reduction in wages, Ronaldo is also one of the football stars that actively raises money to combat the global epidemic. He and his agent, Jorge Mendes, have just donated 1 million euros to help hospitals in Portugal have more facilities to help the sick.
Player association protests
But not every club settles as smoothly as Juventus. Recently, the Professional Football Association of Malaysia (PFAM) announced that it would not agree to cut wages due to the pandemic.
The Football Association of Malaysia argues that the contract between the players and the club must be respected because of the increased cost of living due to government travel control orders. The players themselves also need to support other family members in the ongoing disease situation.
“Our players still have other commitments and the fact that there is an additional daily expense incurred by the pandemic,” PFA Malaysia said in a statement. It is important to recall that not all players earn big salaries and income is very important at this time.
“Some people have to spend more to take care of their families. There are also people who have to look after family members who don’t earn money during limited travel time, ”said Association President Safee Sali.
Not only that, but PFAM also raised the issue of the unpaid Kelantan FA club for the youth members of Kelantan FA and the Melaka United Club who owed the players wages on the agenda. It seems the two sides have not found sympathy during the pandemic.
The reaction of the Malaysian Professional Football Association makes the Malaysian Football Federation and Malaysian clubs more difficult when the football championship is expected to be held in August.
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